“Kristmas” Gift Guide

Every year I do a gift guide here on PSS, but this is the first time I’ve ever filmed it with the products actually in my hands! Man does it make the difference! Ignore the dog-toy squeaks in the background. It seems to be unavoidable when you’re filming in your living room for the classic, “look-at-my-Christmas-tree” background. *winks* 

Links to all the products mentioned in this gift guide are below!Read & Comment →

Let’s Talk About Box Dye…

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Ladies, let’s take a moment to have a discussion. Most of us have been there: the tight budget, the frustration with the current state of the hairunion, the urge to just change it right now. So we run out to the store, pick the box with the most promises and the happiest looking hair model, and take it home, and take a deep breath.

But it never turns out quite like we planned, does it? At least for me, it never has. Most of the time my hair ends up looking brassy and two-toned (my roots always appear to be a different color than the ends of my hair) and slightly, well, flat looking. Not quite what we had in mind for our pick-me-up hair color.

I want to have a discussion with you in the comments. I’ll be doing my sister’s hair here at my home pretty soon, and I’m definitely no professional. I get my hair colored at the salon, but my challenge is to give my sis the same great salon multi-dimensional look, from a box. Can it be done?

What are your experiences with at-home hair dyes?

Gift Guide: Tarte

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Continuing my holiday gift guide, this year’s offerings from tarte are a nice mix. I was sent the blush palette a few months ago and I’ve been absolutely loving it. I love when my favorite products get put into one palette of goodness–and the tarte Amazonian Clay blushes are probably my favorite formulation of blush ever. Super long lasting, the perfect amount of pigmentation, great colors…what’s there not to love?Read & Comment →

November Favorites

This month’s favorites was kind of all over the place–likely because, indeed I myself was all over the place. It was quite the busy month, consisting of obstetric anesthesia day in and day out. I was in the hospital on Thanksgiving day for 24 hours. Cray! Despite the hectic schedule, I managed to have a good amount of favorites for you guys! Click here to shop the favorites (in the description box, click SHOW MORE). Read & Comment →

What’s in My Bag & Makeup Bag

Every so often here on my blog and my YouTube channel, you’ll find that I share the contents of my handbag. This time of year it’s no different, and I am excited to share that this video was filmed to be interactive – you can click through the video to see what’s in my makeup bag as well! If you’re on a mobile device it won’t be interactive, so for your convenience I’ve included the makeup bag video below.Read & Comment →

Beauty Blockbusters

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Every time you grab that tube of Secret deodorant, or Aussie 3 Minute Miracle conditioner, or coat your lashes with a CoverGirl mascara, or style your hair with Vidal Sassoon mousse, you’re a part of something bigger. That something is parent company, P&G (Procter and Gamble), which includes such blockbuster beauty brands as Pantene, Olay, Head & Shoulders, Clairol, even Herbal Essences under its giant umbrella of beauty aweseomeness

The P&G Beauty Collective

I’m so excited to share with you that I have joined a group of bloggers from Dallas, Boston, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, & more called the P&G Beauty Collective! Over the next 8 months you’ll be seeing me share awesome products with you on my Instagram–so be sure to head over there and follow me!

It’s important to me that you know that every post, review, item I feature on PSS is endorsed by me because I personally have tried it, recommend it, love it, etc. This partnership will not change that fact.

NARS Audacious & Hardwired Holiday Collection

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I have had the incredible pleasure of trying some more of the NARS Audacious lipsticks (in Barbara, Vera, and Vivien) and am oohing and aahing over the packaging for the Holiday 2014 “Hardwired” color collection. There’s a gorgeous fall-appropriate blush called Almería (a tan rose color appropriate for most skin tones). There’s also an amazing glittering dark green eyeshadow flecked with gold and light green glitter called Gabon.Read & Comment →